Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Social Policy

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book examines poverty, policy reforms

A new book called Changing Poverty, Changing Policies co-edited by professor Maria Cancian assesses why the War on Poverty was not won and analyzes the most promising strategies to reduce poverty in the 21st century economy.

Joanna Marks still thinks about the families she met in Kentucky as a volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit agency that helped people navigate the court system.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Seminar to focus on child support debt

Director Carolyn Heinrich speaks on "Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?" at the La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, October 27, from noon-1 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
Pierre Koning will discuss his paper on the use of performance-based incentives in contracts with Dutch private social welfare providers serving unemployed and disabled workers today, October 13, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.
La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich is expanding her evaluation of federally mandated tutoring programs in Milwaukee public schools thanks to a four-year $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease could save millions or even billions of dollars while simultaneously improving care, according to new work by La Follette School professor Dave Weimer and co-author Mark Sager, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Newsletter features cost-benefit volume

A new book reviewing the application of cost-benefit analysis to social policy is part of a feature story in a summer 2009 MacArthur Foundation newsletter. La Follette School professor David Weimer and Aidan Vining of Simon Fraser University received a grant from the foundation to produce Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies.
La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich spent the last week of June in South Africa advising the government on how to improve its child support grant program.
Several La Follette School faculty members and affiliates are featured in a special series examining how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act affects low-income Americans. The series is published by the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity web site supported by a number of U.S. foundations.
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